Rising from the joint annual convention of the Nigerian Institute of Animal Science (NIAS) and Animal Science Association of Nigeria (ASAN) which held from 15 to 18 November 2020 in Abuja, Animal Scientists in Nigeria elected new leadership to pilot the affairs of the two bodies for another 3 year term.
Professor Baba Yusuf Abubakar was elected as the new president of NIAS while Mr Raymond Obiajulu Isiadinso is the new president of ASAN.
Professor Abubakar is a topnotch technocrat and academic per excellence. The Cornell trained Animal Breeding and Genetic professor has held several national and international appointments, including serving as the pioneer executive secretary of Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria (2006 – 2016) and currently serving as the Board Chair of World Fish Center (a CGIAR institute) and the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Governing Council of Gombe State University of Science and Technology. He is also a visiting professor at the University of Abuja, Nigeria. Professor Abubakar was a member of the first Council of NIAS during which he served as the 2nd Vice President.
Mr Isidianso is the fifth president of ASAN, a body of trained animal scientists started in 1995. He is also the current president of Feed Industry Practitioners Association of Nigeria (FIPAN) as well as Chief Executive Officer of Mid-Century Agro Allied Venture Limited, a company he founded in 1994
The Nigeria Institute of Animal Science is a parastatal under the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. The agency is mandated to regulate the profession of animal science and the practice of animal husbandry in Nigeria. It was established via National Assembly Act 26 of 2007 as amended 2015. Animal Science Association of Nigeria is the professional body of graduates of animal science discipline. It was started in 1995. Both NIAS and ASAN have been making significant impacts in reshaping the livestock industry in Nigeria.
Members of ASAN are required to take qualifying examination in order to be able to practise animal science as Registered Animal Scientists under the guidance of NIAS. LIVESTONEWS.